Mikael Granlund developed his talent in Finland but struggled in his first season in North America

Zucker Makes Debut; Minnesota Wild Turn To Youth

20-year old former University of Denver star Jason Zucker made his debut last night in a 3-2 overtime win against the Florida Panthers. He skated on a line with Erik […]

Claude Giroux (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

Claude Giroux: Philadelphia’s Mr. Clutch

The 2011-2012 season has seen Claude Giroux transform from an underrated dazzler into one of the NHL’s premier players. For Philadelphia’s most valuable player, the road to NHL stardom has […]

(Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)

Taylor Fedun’s Long Road to Recovery

The Edmonton Oilers 2011-12 season is one where there has been plenty to talk about, and most of it not on the positive side.  They remain near the bottom of […]

by · March 29, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · College Hockey, Edmonton Oilers, National Juniors, Player Profiles, Prospects
SlapShots photography/ THW

Matt Dumba: The Complete Scouting Report

In all the games I’ve watched this year there has been one draft eligible prospect that has stood out among the rest.  As far as the WHL goes, Matt Dumba […]

Francis Menard joined the Guelph Storm out of Notre Dame's Midget AAA program in 2009.  He tallied 46 points and 68 penalty minutes in his first two OHL seasons.  Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Francis Menard Weathering the Storm in Guelph

Over the years, there have been hockey teams who have found themselves laden with a roster that does not garner as much fanfare as others.  In the OHL, the Guelph […]

by · March 28, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, National Juniors, OHL, Player Profiles, Prospects
The Best Part of the Zack Kassian for Cody Hodgson Trade: Marcus Foligno

The Best Part of the Zack Kassian for Cody Hodgson Trade: Marcus Foligno

  On trade deadline day when Darcy Regier helped Zack Kassian pack his luggage for Vancouver, I’m sure he knew.  I’m sure he knew that Buffalo would be benefit from […]

Tadeáš Galanský of the Saginaw Spirit.  Photo courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images

The “Import”-ance of the European CHL Goalie

Here’s a trivia question: What do Ondřej Pavelec, Jaroslav Halák, Michal Neuvirth, Peter Budaj, Robin Lehner and Anton Khudobin all have in common?  The obvious response would be that they are all […]

Jordan Schmaltz – 2012 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Take a Gamble on a Gambler

Jordan Schmaltz – 2012 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Take a Gamble on a Gambler

Jordan Schmaltz THW Close-Up: Date of birth: 10/8/1993 Place of birth: Verona, Wisconsin Ht: 6’2″  Wt: 174 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Defense Draft eligibility: 2012 The Green Bay Gamblers paid […]

by · March 24, 2012 · 1 comment · Player Profiles, Prospects
Ottawa Senators Top Ten Prospects

Ottawa Senators Top Ten Prospects

The Ottawa Senators began what was supposed to be a long slow and painful rebuild last year. The season has not gone according to plan; instead they sit comfortably in […]

Pavelka celebrates his third shutout of the season, a 2-0 blanking against London.  With the win, Windsor secured the eighth seed in the OHL's Western Conference and prepared to meet the same Knights in their first-round playoff series.  Photo courtesy of Tim Cornett/windsorspitfires.com

Pavelka Proving Puckstopping Prowess

If Jaroslav Pavelka were to choose a theme song for his rookie season in the OHL in 2011-12, a valid option would be Sheryl Crow’s “A Change Would Do You Good.” […]

by · March 21, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, National Juniors, OHL, Player Profiles, Prospects
SlapShots Photography/ THW

Henrik Samuelsson – The Next Ones: NHL 2012 Draft Prospect Profile – International Man of Mystery

Henrik Samuelsson THW Close-Up: Date of birth: 1994-02-07 Place of birth: Leksand, SWE Ht: 6’2  Wt: 192 Shoots: Right Position: Center/winger NHL Draft Eligibility: 2012 Please Click Here for “Notes Up Front” […]

by · March 20, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, National Juniors, Player Profiles, Prospects, WHL
Whether a crime was committed or not, it is unfair to vote against Semyon Varlamov strictly due to an alleged action (Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

Andrei Vasilevski – The Next Ones: 2012 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – KHL Hopper or NHL Backstopper?

Andrei Vasilevski THW Close-Up: Date of Birth: July 25, 1994 Place of Birth: Tyumen, Russia Height: 6’3″      Weight: 193 lbs. Shoots: Left Position: G NHL Draft Eligibility: 2012 For complete […]

by · March 19, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · News/Commentary, Player Profiles, Prospects